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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: May 31, 2013 2:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Learning to play guitar like Jorma.

Our tastes and guitar background are very similar - love Bromberg, Leo Kottke, and Jorma, although have to admit I'm not familiar with his whole body of work and his playing style is very difficult. I love Garcia on the Pizza Tapes sessions and Grisman stuff. Been playing a long time off and on, but really trying to make a go of it now, 40 years late. I will look into the Jorma DVDs on your rec., since I love Hesitation Blues.

I'd like to play almost every song on Bromberg's album "My Own House". He gives a very good YouTube lesson on his version of Cocaine Blues (I'm assuming this is the disk you're following up with)

Also, since I've never had much in the way of lessons, I'm trying to learn some basic/intermediate technique (scales etc) and this guy seems pretty straightforward: (payment is voluntary)

I happen to like Martin tone the best. (The Larrivee is nice too, and I wouldn't turn down a Gibson or a Blueridge...) I own an entry-level Martin D1R (laminate back) nicely aged, balanced tone with nice action; and recently acquired a 45-yr old Martin 016-NY which needed a lot of work - neck reset etc. It has a slightly wider neck with mahogany back, and was probably designed for classical, but I put light-guage strings on, and it has a lovely sound.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: May 31, 2013 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Learning to play guitar like Jorma.

The David Bromberg DVD looks really good and features some of my favorites including: Cocaine Blues, Mr. Bojangles, Demon In Disguise, Delia, Chump Man Blues and a bunch more. I'm really looking forward to delving into that one.

As far as Jorma's playing style, I thought it was difficult as well, but once he breaks it down and with a little practice it's not that hard and it's pretty intuitive. I was surprised how quickly I picked up the basic techniques as he teaches them. The key to his style is learning to separate your thumb (Bass & Rhythm) and your index and middle fingers (leads and licks).

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2013-05-31 21:31:08